The Center for Investigative Reporting and the San Francisco Film Society present Behind the Story: Under Suspicion, at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Film Society’s new theatrical home, San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema (1746 Post St., San Francisco).

Behind the Story, a new series, gives audiences an insider’s look at CIR investigations. Under Suspicion will look at the stories, interviews, videos and an animation that CIR produced in collaboration with NPR to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. CIR’s G.W. Schulz, Andrew Becker, Carrie Ching, Monica Lam, and Michael Corey will all be on hand to present the many elements of the reporting project.

The joint investigation uncovered that Department of Homeland Security programs such as “If You See Something, Say Something” have resulted in suspicious activity reports about innocent citizens, often without their knowledge. The investigation zeroes in on one location, the Mall of America near Minneapolis, where a large private security operation has questioned thousands of people, often passing their information on to police and even the FBI. Most mall visitors interviewed by CIR and NPR said they were unaware that suspicious activity reports describing their encounters with mall security were shared with local police and could remain in law enforcement files for indefinite periods. The project raises questions about the price Americans have paid for increased security since the terrorist attacks.

Tickets are $9 for SFFS members, $11 general, $10 senior/student/disabled. Tickets are available at and in person at San Francisco Film Society | New People Cinema.

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Christa Scharfenberg

Christa Scharfenberg is a former CEO of The Center for Investigative Reporting. She joined CIR in 2003 as communications manager and has been a leader in its growth from a small nonprofit news organization, producing a handful of stories a year, to a multiplatform newsroom that reaches millions of people monthly through public radio, podcasts, documentaries, social media and the web. She managed the launch and growth of Reveal, CIR's Peabody Award and duPont-Columbia University Award-winning national public radio show and podcast, produced with PRX. She has been an executive or senior producer of documentaries for CIR, including the Academy Award-nominated film “Heroin(e),” numerous FRONTLINE co-productions and the independent film “Banished,” which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Scharfenberg is a member of the Poynter Institute's National Advisory Board and was a 2014 Punch Sulzberger Program fellow at Columbia University Journalism School. Prior to joining CIR, she was associate director of the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco.